18. Social Problem Film and Courtroom Drama

  1. Drew Casper

Published Online: 3 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395242.ch18

Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction

Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction

How to Cite

Casper, D. (2011) Social Problem Film and Courtroom Drama, in Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395242.ch18

Author Information

  1. University of Southern California, School of the Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 11 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188272

Online ISBN: 9781444395242

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Keywords:

  • social problem film and courtroom drama;
  • social problem film, despite HUAC and the Code's warnings - fault-finding in American society, preoccupying the social problem films;
  • social upheavals, formations of New Left and Counterculture - pervasive anti-establishmentarianism and distrust of authority;
  • Plus, the era's pervasive social consciousness - still alive, emboldening socially conscious postwar creators as Brooks, Kazan, Lumet, Preminger, Wise and Zinnemann;
  • popular mode of Expressive Stylization - emphasis on form, not taking to a genre where what was being said was more important than how it was being said;
  • genre spinoff, the courtroom drama - courtroom drama, nor did much noise erupt;
  • The allegorical Wild in the Streets (AIP, 1968) - media power, cult of celebrity, political chicanery, youth mania, and drugs in US society;
  • Conduct Unbecoming (AA, 1975), Robert Enders's version of Brit Robert England's 1970 play - film involving a military crime that was a sly swipe at the military and imperialism;
  • Seven Minutes (TCF, 1971), softcore-porn king - Russ Meyer's home-hitting version of Irving Wallace's 1969 novel, taking the prize

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Social Problem Film

  • Courtroom Drama